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Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Christopher Samba. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
Benjani Mwaruwari produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Benjani Mwaruwari replaces Jason Roberts. Foul by Emile Heskey on Grant Hanley, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley. Christopher Samba gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan.
Shot by Stewart Downing. Paul Robinson makes a brilliant save.
Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Martin Olsson offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Nigel Reo-Coker. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Shot by Stewart Downing. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Marc Albrighton challenges Grant Hanley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Hanley.
Marc Albrighton is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Delfouneso. Shot on goal by David Hoilett from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Jason Roberts.
(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Vincenzo Grella coming on for Keith Andrews.
The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson.
The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, clearance by Stewart Downing.
James Collins comes on in place of Robert Pires.
The ball is sent over by David Hoilett.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David Hoilett.
Emile Heskey fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
The referee shows Nathan Baker a red card for serious foul play. Foul by Nathan Baker on David Hoilett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Keith Andrews has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Keith Andrews takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing.
David Hoilett sends in a cross.
Shot by Kyle Walker. Blocked by Grant Hanley. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Grant Hanley on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. Robert Pires restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Robert Pires, Close range header by Nathan Baker misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Robert Pires, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Bannan, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball.
Stewart Downing comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Shot from just outside the area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the target.
Martin Olsson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards.
Nathan Delfouneso finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Nathan Baker.
Martin Olsson delivers the ball, Nigel Reo-Coker manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Nathan Baker, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Brilliant save by Brad Friedel.
Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Pires.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The ball is sent over by Jason Roberts, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
Ciaran Clark challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Brad Friedel.
A goal is scored by Robert Pires from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn.Nathan Baker crosses the ball.
Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Gabriel Agbonlahor restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Olsson fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Hoilett. Carlos Cuellar takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Barry Bannan from 35 yards went over.
Ciaran Clark fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
Robert Pires takes a inswinging corner.
The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Delfouneso by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Pires.
Nikola Kalinic fires in a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Blackburn.Assist by Michel Salgado.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Shot from inside the area by Nathan Delfouneso clears the bar.
Martin Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Ciaran Clark finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn.Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, the assist for the goal came from Barry Bannan.
(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Nikola Kalinic coming on for Roque Santa Cruz. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Pires from the left by-line, Ciaran Clark takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Pires. Direct free kick taken by Nigel Reo-Coker.
Emile Heskey produces a cross.
Michel Salgado has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan.
Emile Heskey takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Kyle Walker sends in a cross.
Bent sits out cup clash
Aston Villa's record signing, Darren Bent, is cup-tied for the FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackburn at Villa Park.
Bent, signed from Sunderland for #18million, played and scored for the Black Cats when beaten by Notts County in the previous round.
With John Carew having joined Stoke on loan, Emile Heskey is set to return to the starting line-up.
Ciaran Clark (hamstring), Fabian Delph (knee) and Kyle Walker (back) are all available again, but Luke Young and Stephen Ireland are both still sidelined with knee injuries.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier is hoping Villa can build on back-to-back league wins over Manchester City and Wigan as they look to emulate their Carling Cup win over Rovers in his first match in charge of the midlands club.
He said: "The cup is very important, first of all to keep the momentum, and to keep on an unbeaten run.
"We are better, stronger physically and mentally. There was a time when we would concede goals at the end of games.
"Now we don't concede goals but we can also score and we can also hold onto a result and that is important."
Ryan Nelsen will be missing for Blackburn with a knee problem.
Three midfielders are back from long injury absences however - Steven Nzonzi could start while Keith Andrews and Vince Grella will also be part of the squad.
El-Hadji Diouf will be aiming for a recall after being on the bench against West Brom last time out.
Rovers faced Villa five times last season, including the FA and Carling Cups, and Kean admitted: "We've played them that often that when they came out of the hat it was 'oh no, not them again'.
"They are a team on the up and are going to be tough but we have had a really good week and are confident we can do something.
"If we can get a result and then a home tie in the next round we could have a really good run in the FA Cup."
Pires shines as Villa ease through
Robert Pires' first goal for Aston Villa helped them continue their dominance over Blackburn in cup competitions with a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round triumph at Villa Park.
The former Arsenal star restored Villa's lead after Ciaran Clark's opener had been cancelled out by Rovers substitute Nikola Kalinic.
Nathan Delfouneso doubled Villa's lead and even a red card after 62 minutes for defender Nathan Baker, after a challenge on Junior Hoilett, failed to halt their progress.
Villa, who knocked Blackburn out of the Carling Cup and FA Cup last season, deserved their place in the last 16 despite manager Gerard Houllier making six changes.
Rovers suffered a setback after only 10 minutes when Roque Santa Cruz limped out of the action and was replaced by Kalinic. Then a minute later Villa went ahead through Clark's fourth goal of the campaign.
Barry Bannan's corner was met perfectly by the central defender, whose header powered past Paul Robinson.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, operating in a wide role, showed his pace before setting up a chance for Delfouneso whose volley was only just too high.
Blackburn threatened for the first time when former Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel beat out a shot from a narrow angle by Hoilett.
Then after 18 minutes Rovers drew level through Kalinic. Delfouneso lost possession to Morten Gamst Pedersen who picked out the run of Michel Salgado, and the Spanish full-back's low cross was turned home by the Croatian.
Villa were dominating possession and Bannan was only just off-target with a 30-yard drive, and after 35 minutes Pires restored Villa's lead with his first goal for the West Midlands club.
Grant Hanley and Martin Olsson only half-cleared the ball and the former Arsenal player struck the ball perfectly on the half-volley from 15 yards out into the roof of the net.
Blackburn's reponse was immediate and Friedel produced a fine save to finger-tip away a header from Christopher Samba.
But Villa made it 3-1 three minutes before half-time when Delfouneso headed home a cross from teenager Baker.
The game was flowing from end to end and Olsson crashed a shot against the crossbar.
Houllier made a half-time substitution with Stewart Downing replacing Agbonlahor. Villa forced three successive corners and, from the third of them, Baker headed just wide at the far post from a Pires centre.
The on-loan Kyle Walker made a powerful 50-yard run and saw his rising shot blocked by Hanley, and Downing's centre picked out Delfouneso at the near post but he could only deflect the ball wide.
Blackburn should have reduced the arrears when Keith Andrews headed wide from eight yards out from Hoilett's centre.
Villa were reduced to 10 men after 62 minutes when Baker was given a straight red card by referee Lee Probert for a challenge on Hoilett.
Blackburn tried to make the most of their numerical advantage and Hoilett shot over from 10 yards out.
Jason Roberts carved out a chance for himself but James Collins made a vital tackle as he prepared to shoot, before Downing had two chances to wrap up the game for Villa.
First Robinson parried his shot after a 60-yard run and then blocked his close-range header.
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